Saturday, 24 December 2011

I Am Scrooge - Book Review

I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas
by Adam Roberts

What is it about:
The legendary Ebenezeer Scrooge sits in his house counting money. The boards that he has nailed up over the doors and the windows shudder and shake under the blows from the endless zombie hordes that crowd the streets hungering for his flesh and his miserly braaaaiiiiiinns! Just how did the happiest day of the year slip into a welter of blood, innards, and shambling, ravenous undead on the snowy streets of old London town? Will the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future be able to stop the world from drowning under a top-hatted and crinolined zombie horde? Was Tiny Tim's illness something infinitely more sinister than mere rickets and consumption? Can Scrooge be persuaded to go back to his evil ways, travel back to Christmas past, and destroy the brain stem of the tiny, irritatingly cheery Patient Zero?

What did I think of it:
This is a very entertaining zombie retelling of A Christmas Carol.

Roberts takes the basic story idea runs with it and twists it to his purposes along the way. This does make the story feel forced from time to time, but there's so much cool zombie mayhem that I didn't mind too much.

I wouldn't advise this story to people who take their literature or Christmas serious, because this story makes a fun parody out of both the original story and Christmas.

Overall this is a fast-paced read that get's you in the proper Christmas spirit to go out and fight some zombies ;-)

Why should you read it:
Zombies and Christmas!

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Carolyn Crane said...

Oh my goodness! LOL.

Jeffe Kennedy said...

Only you could find a zombie Christmas story!

Sullivan McPig said...

Even better: my friends found this one for me ;-)

M.A.D. said...

Oh, HALE's yeah!!! Truly, I've always loved Dicken's A Christmas Carol ... but wow, when you add zombies to the mix!

See, zombie are the *condiments* on the literary buffet. EVERYTHING taste better when you sprinkle a few lumbering undead on top ;D

heh heh

Melliane said...

I didn't know about this one, but it sounds like a nice read.